What is HandsOn At Home?

In an effort to provide meaningful ways for people to support our community in the wake of COVID-19 concerns, HandsOn Miami and our partners at HandsOn Broward have joined together to develop HandsOn at Home, a digital toolbox filled with ways to share and promote kindness.

As we type, our team is working on creating volunteer projects that can be completed in the comfort of your home while practicing the CDC’s social distancing guidelines. The projects are being developed to support vulnerable residents and nonprofits in need in our community. As new opportunities are created, we will list them here with instructions for completing.

To make a donation to support HandsOn Miami build more digital and at-home volunteering opportunities during this unprecedented time, please CLICK HERE

 

HandsOn at Home Guidelines

 


Current Projects

 

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Volunteering 

HandsOn Miami’s DIY Volunteering provides a meaningful way to engage volunteers in a non-traditional way. For these projects, you'll provide the supplies (all are designed to be low-to-no-cost and can be purchased digitally from Amazon.com) and we'll give you the instructions for completing it, along with information on the benefiting agency.

See the DIY projects list

 

 

 

The Literacy League's Storytime Heroes

The Literacy League’s Storytime Heroes opportunity engages volunteers who are passionate about Early Childhood Education as virtual guest readers. As students are out of school and parents are doing their best to keep the students engaged at home, this is a unique opportunity to do some social distancing literacy volunteerism.

All you need to do is record a video of you reading a children’s book and post it on Facebook or Instagram. Make sure to tag @handsonmiami and use the hashtag #actsofservice in your post so we can see them!

Volunteers in need of service hours will earn 1 hour per book read, for a maximum of 5 hours. If you are bilingual and can read a story in another language, we encourage you to do so!

 

 

The #ActsOfService Challenge  

As more people are staying home to protect one another, HandsOn Miami’s volunteers have been finding their own ways to serve our community while practicing the CDC's guidelines for social distancing. Through their compassionate acts of love and understanding, we have seen that even the simplest of gestures can have a tremendous impact. In the days since the outbreak began, volunteers have been sending videos to thank care workers and first responders, sending letters and emails to homebound neighbors, delivering food donations, making handmade masks and so many more simple ways to share kindness.

Now, we want to see your creative #ActsOfService while practicing social distancing. We invite you to share your good deed in a way that will inspire others to do the same. Help us to create a ripple of change by participating in the #ActsOfService Challenge! Simply snap a photo or video of your good deed, tag three friends and share using @handsonmiami and #actsofservice on your social feeds.

If you are participating in a formal volunteer program or would like credit for your hours, you can self-report your service on our website as outlined in the guidelines at the top of this page. The number of hours per project will vary. Volunteers with questions can contact our Community Engagement Manager, Cindy at Cindy@handsonmiami.org

Need ideas? Check out this great list of ways to serve!

 

DigiCare Network Video Submissions  

In order to foster human connection during this time of social distancing, HandsOn Miami is compiling video montages containing messages of support, hope, and gratitude for people working to support our daily needs and people who are vulnerable or isolated. This project offers 1 service hour per video, with a maximum of 5 submissions.

Step 1: Record a short video expressing sentiments of gratitude and support for either an affected worker or individual.

  • Videos should be 15 - 90 seconds in duration. Keep in mind these will be compiled into a longer video with similar messages of support.
  • Ideal recording methods include digital cameras, smartphones, tablets, and computer webcams. Make sure your video is clear and does not include any inappropriate content or inappropriate background items.

Step 2: Upload your video:

  • CLICK HERE to submit a video of support/gratitude to an affected worker. Examples include grocery, pharmacy, medical, first responder, delivery, freight, sanitation, waste management, anyone working because their job is essential to support our community.

Step 3: Stay tuned to HandsOn Miami’s social media sites as we compile and post your videos of support.

 

HandsOn Senior Buddies

As Miami-Dade's social distancing policies inch towards a gradual return to public congregations through a phased approach, there are many who will continue to shelter in place for the foreseeable future. For seniors in assisted living facilities, this isolation is strictly enforced due to their high-risk status for COVID-19 complications. The residents of many of these facilities have been experiencing minimal to no human contact over the past couple of months and report an increased sense of loneliness. 

In an effort to support the mental health wellbeing of our seniors, HandsOn Miami has initiated a campaign to engage volunteers in friendship with seniors looking for a phone buddy to share their experiences with during these trying times. 

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